California Common / Steam Beer

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness.

Anchor Brewing Co. trademarked the term "Steam Beer" and as such all other beers must be legally referred to as "California Common."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-6.0%   [ ? ] 

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Style Examples - 251 to 300 (out of 586) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.2024.05
CloudsCynosure Brewing5.1024.09
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.2023.5
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.1023.31
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.2023.53
CaliforniationRurban Brewing5.0024.01
The RugglesTractor Brewing Co.4.4023
Veldensteiner California CommonKaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG5.8023.73
Surfline UncommonBig Storm Brewing Company6.9023.3
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.8023.51
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.0023.92
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 23.83
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.0023.45
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.3023.91
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.0024.08
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.0023.87
Acadian Coffee Calcasieu CommonCrying Eagle5.9023.77
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? 23.88
Bear AwayEast Side Brewery5.8022.93
Smoked Paprika & Lemon California CommonQuantum Brewing Co5.3022.71
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.5024.21
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.8024.32
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 23.91
Todd EnglishDyckman Beer Co.5.0023.72
California CommonBad Brewer ? 22.69
California CommonHooDoo Brewing4.8024.02
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.0023.8
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.8023.44
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.7022.12
Frisco 1501 Historic LagerPublic House Brewing Company5.0024.21
Jigger's DelightMill Street Brew Pub5.0023.59
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 24.47
Replicale 2016Myths & Legends Brewing Company6.5023.4
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.5022.98
Soul CalBrewyard Beer Company5.8023.75
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.4023.83
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.5023.25
Common To The LightBarley John's Brew Pub ? 23.7
Steamboat AltMishap Brewing Company6.0023.5
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.7013.5
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4012
Oregon UncommonRogue Ales ? 13.55
Jambi Colorado CommonGold Camp Brewing Company4.9012.98
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0014
MXPX Secret WeaponSilver City Brewery & Taproom5.7012.7
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 14.03
5 Teeth Short Of A SmileEast End Brewing Company4.1013.85
The SteamerWood Kettle Brewing4.2013.46
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 13.58
Mountain Goat Cross Breed Back To The Brewer Double Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd7.3013.66
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